Friday, December 28, 2012
Mile Markers


6 rescued from grounded yacht

Six people aboard a motor yacht were uninjured when rescued Wednesday night after the boat ran aground in the east jetty in the Northwest Channel, said Coast Guard spokeswoman Lt. Kara Lavin.

The agency was notified at 8:16 p.m. on VHF Channel 16 that the Quality Time had run aground, was taking on water and was in danger of sinking, Lavin said. A Coast Guard boat out of Station Key West was dispatched, though the yacht's captain had stopped the flooding upon its arrival, Lavin said.

All six people were taken back to Station Key West.

The vessel was towed to Spencer's Boatyard at Garrison Bight, Lavin said.


Garcia sworn in Jan. 6

U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia will be sworn in at noon Jan. 6 at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval St.

Garcia, a Miami attorney, defeated an incumbent to become Florida's Democratic congressman for the 26th District, which includes the Florida Keys.

Admission is free but tickets are required, and available through

Garcia has another swearing-in ceremony set for Jan. 7 in Miami.

On Nov. 8, he ousted scandal-plagued U.S. Rep. David Rivera by winning nearly 54 percent of the vote.

It was Rivera's first loss in a decade-long political career.


Openings for Ambassadors

The Key West City Ambassadors Academy still has openings in its upcoming class, which will start on Jan. 10.

The free weekly classes are held every Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. through April 11. Most classes meet at the Eco-Discovery Center at the Truman Waterfront.

Applications for the 14-week class are available on the city's website at, or by calling Alyson Crean at 305-809-1058.

The program offers an in-depth look at how city government works. The list of graduates includes city and county commissioners, and leaders of local businesses and nonprofits.